Will ex-New Yorkers ever get enough of fair Portland? Though the real-life Portlandia sketches keep on coming in the form of painfully chic dental practices and cabins made from recycled Trader Joe's bags, maybe the fact that Carrie Brownstein herself calls it home is a sign that the gentle ribbing and groan-worthy rankings haven't done any lasting damage to the city's charms. Upon leaving the advertising world, one pair of New York-to-Portland transplants aimed to recreate the feel of their old Tribeca loft in a converted industrial space in southeast Portland. Let's see how they fared, shall we?
Honed Carrara marble was picked to top the island in a heavily stainless steel kitchen space, as one of the owners tells Remodelista, to make it "look like a 1924 Paris baking table." Portland-based Emerick Architects—chosen based on their work renovating a nearby Ford assembly plant and an old fire station, among other projects—drew on the expertise of local lighting company Schoolhouse Electric to bring in ceiling lights resembling an old fashioned sprinkler system. In the dining area, a vintage harvest table sits atop a floor of Douglas fir boards with a creamy vanilla coat of paint. One concrete mass holds shelving for dishes, a fireplace, and firewood storage, while another around the corner holds the elevator. The living room space features armchairs by L.A.'s Cisco Brothers and a nine-foot wingback sofa sourced from a hotel lobby.
In the master bedroom, Behr's Cracked Pepper is the only divergence from the off-white and black paint used in the rest of the space. A Steele Canvas Basket stores extra pillows, and the factory-style windows open out onto a garden-equipped wraparound terrace.
On the other side of the concrete volumes, a 16-foot-long custom counter with a walnut top and a vintage desk sit against the walls of the combined library and office. Head to Remodelista for more on the project.
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